I employ the use of traditional Native American beadwork along with acrylic paint on thirty-by-thirty-inch canvases. The use of thirty-inch-square canvas is in conjunction with the state of Wyoming as well, since the borders of the state create a rough square.
My art focuses on the strength of the feminine energy, through the depiction of my daydreams mixed with what I imagine to be visions of freedom from my point of view. This body of work specifically touches on “deconstructing the equality state: remnants of colonialism, trauma and invisibility,”
We as women are the only ones who can create a life within ourselves. That is what I am doing through these paintings: each one of them is my child that I have nurtured to have a beautiful existence.
Excerpt from Ortegon, Sarah. 2016. “Artist Statement: Four Directions.” Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social 16(1): 10-14.